Emergency Orthodontic Care
Proper care is important if you wear braces. You need to take good care of them and your teeth as well. This will help the braces to do their job of straightening your teeth properly. There still could be issues from time to time. If you have a problem or require emergency care, do not hesitate to contact us here at Robinson Orthodontics immediately. We want to know what is going on, so do not hesitate to call. There are also some things that you can do yourself if there is an emergency with your braces.
Taking Care of Your Braces in an Emergency
While we do not want you ever to hesitate to call us if you have a question or a problem, not every emergency requires an immediate trip to our office.
If you have just received your braces, expect your mouth to be sore for a couple of days. This is normal, and not an emergency. The braces will rub against the skin in your mouth and might make minor scratches. If there is bleeding, we want to know about that. You might also end up with a mouth sore from your braces. Before coming in for an emergency visit, try applying an ointment that was created to deaden pain in your mouth. Do not touch a sore with your tongue to see if it still hurts. The best thing to do is to leave it alone and let it heal.
Wires and brackets can sometimes come loose on your braces. If that is the case, we will want to see you as soon as possible so that we can fix the issue. If it is a wire that is loose, cover it with a cotton ball or piece of gauze so that you will not risk scratching the inside of your mouth. We will be able to fix the wire or the bracket.
Some of the most common orthodontic emergencies can be avoided. We will tell you what you should and should not eat when you receive your braces. Follow our instructions. Often when a wire or bracket comes undone, it is because you ate something sticky or too chewy such as gummy bears. It can also happen if you bite down on hard foods. Protect your braces and save yourself from emergencies by following our instructions.
If you have a facial trauma from an accident or a sports hit while you have braces, we will want to see you right away. We are going to want to check the braces and make sure that they are still in the proper places. We will want to examine your teeth as well.
Remember that we are here for you. If you have what you think is an emergency while you are wearing braces, contact us here at Robinson Orthodontics immediately. The number to call is (541) 441-8288. It is always better to be careful and err on the side of caution than to think something is not a big deal when it is.